Naturopathy is a system of alternative medicine based on the theory that diseases can be successfully treated or prevented without the use of drugs, by techniques such as control of diet, exercise, massage and prescribing herbs and vitamins.
Unlike most other health care systems, naturopathic medicine is not identified with any particular therapy, but with a philosophy of life, health and disease prevention.
All true healing is the result of the whole organism’s inherent and natural capacity. Naturopathic physicians help to remove the obstacles to cure and employ natural therapies that strengthen and stimulate each person’s own healing processes.
All health conditions can respond to Naturopathic treatment.
This ranges from inflammation, digestive disturbances, allergies, hormonal imbalances and immune dysfunction. The underlying causes of these conditions are also addressed, such as chronic stress, toxicity, injury or trauma, viral or bacterial exposure and fatigue.
Naturopathy’s Six Principles
- Do no harm
- Prevent rather than cure;
- Nature has innate healing powers
- Holistic approach (the “whole person” is treated)
- Treat the cause of disease, not its symptoms
- Teach prevention and the patient learns prevention.
Naturopathic medicine is now at the forefront of a paradigm shift occurring in medicine.
The scientific tools now exist to assess and appreciate many aspects of natural medicine. It is now common for conventional medical organizations that in the past have spoken out strongly against naturopathic medicine to endorse such naturopathic techniques as lifestyle modification, stress reduction, exercise, and toxin reduction.